Lacerate Gladiator Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links

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Passive Skill Tree

This is our recommended Level 100 Passive Skill Tree.

The most essential keystone is Resolute Technique, which offers a large boost in damage. Bleeding ticks cannot deal Critical Strikes, which makes this keystone even more well suited to this build than most. You will also want to pick up all of the Axe notables, such as Cleaving, Slaughter, Hatchet Master, and Splitting Strikes before reaching Maps. The Gladiator’s Perseverance and Strong Arm (or Martial Experience and Butchery if you are using a 2-Handed weapon, respectively) are also great pickups for beefing up your damage later on.

Start acquiring the Bleed focused nodes next, picking up Crimson Dance once you have a fair chance to bleed on Lacerate Lacerate. This will boost your single target damage immensely while in Blood stance, and help you take full advantage of your Ascendancy keystones. Impale chance and effect are “icing on the cake” style nodes, and pair nicely with crafted axes that also have chance to impale. Jewel sockets should be among your latter priorities, but can be acquired earlier if you have very high quality Jewels ready for use in advance.

Gems

Lacerate Lacerate is our main skill and the only 6-Link necessary to incorporate into the build. It works perfectly fine with both 1-Handed and 2-Handed weapons, but we prefer 1-Handed axes by default. The auras we run are Blood and Sand Blood and Sand, which is essential to virtually all Gladiator builds, and transforms Lacerate Lacerate into a far more potent and flexible skill, as well as Flesh and Stone Flesh and Stone for greater defenses. The Pride Pride aura is also used to debuff nearby enemies and boost our Physical damage far above what it would be by default.

Other links are relatively flexible, but we like to use Vaal Ancestral Warchief Vaal Ancestral Warchief to pump out some extra burst whenever needed. Since this build is inflicting heavy bleeds with Lacerate Lacerate, we can incorporate the underutilized Bloodlust Support Bloodlust Support gem to add even more potency to your Warchief. Leap Slam Leap Slam is a good means of getting around, particularly with the movement skill changes added in Patch 3.7 Legion.

Lacerate Lacerate 6-Link

You can opt for either Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support or Ruthless Support Ruthless Support — they have relatively equal damage output, our preference is Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support as feel it is a little less restrictive in playstyle.

  1. Lacerate Lacerate
  2. Multistrike Support Multistrike Support
  3. Brutality Support Brutality Support
  4. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support OR Ruthless Support Ruthless Support
  5. Fortify Support Fortify Support
  6. Pulverise Support Pulverise Support

If you are on a 5-Link, you should choose between Fortify Support Fortify Support or Pulverise Support Pulverise Support. Fortify Support Fortify Support offers more damage and defense, but Pulverise Support Pulverise Support grants a large increase in area of effect resulting in slightly faster and smoother clear.

Vaal Ancestral Warchief Vaal Ancestral Warchief 4-Link

On tanky bosses, you will want to place both the Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief and the Vaal Ancestral Warchief Vaal Ancestral Warchief. In average end-game gear, they each deal about 500k DPS.

  1. Vaal Ancestral Warchief Vaal Ancestral Warchief
  2. Brutality Support Brutality Support
  3. Bloodlust Support Bloodlust Support
  4. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support

Auras 4-Link

  1. Pride Pride
  2. Blood and Sand Blood and Sand
  3. Flesh and Stone Flesh and Stone
  4. Enlighten Support Enlighten Support (Level 3/4)

Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support 4-Link

Immortal Call Immortal Call can be swapped out with another

  1. Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support (Level 10)
  2. Immortal Call Immortal Call (Level 12)
  3. Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support
  4. Curse of Choice

The three best curse options are Vulnerability Vulnerability (Level 13), Warlord's Mark Warlord's Mark (Level 13), and Enfeeble Enfeeble (Level 13). Our preference is to use Warlord's Mark Warlord's Mark starting out and transition into Enfeeble Enfeeble in higher-end maps, keeping Vulnerability Vulnerability in a separate link as a manual-cast curse purely for use on bosses.

Leap Slam Leap Slam 3-Link

  1. Leap Slam Leap Slam
  2. Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
  3. Blood Magic Support Blood Magic Support

Player’s Preference 3-Link

These final three gem slots can be used for a variety of useful gems and abilities. Some recommendations:

Our current preference is:

  1. Vulnerability Vulnerability
  2. Blood Rage Blood Rage
  3. Vaal Grace Vaal Grace

The gems do not need to be linked unless you are incorporating Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support to prolong the other two chosen gems.

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Changelog
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    Initial updates for Patch 3.9 Metamorph are in! Skill Tree, Gear, Pros/Cons, and Annointment Recommendations.

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    I got my first deathless uber elder with this build, Thank you Furty. Ive been following your guides since icy veins.

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    On 08/07/2019 at 9:19 PM, Elyown said

    I got my first deathless uber elder with this build, Thank you Furty. Ive been following your guides since icy veins.

    Congratulations, that’s really great to hear! I appreciate the continued support, don’t hesitate to give a shout if you need any advice. Best of luck out there :)

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    Hi, noob here! Would this build be possible with swords, or are axes mandatory with bleed builds or something? I’m thinking of retooling my Cyclone Slayer to a Gladiator and I’ve already got a couple of good Scaeva.

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    i tried this but i cant understand how you regenerate/leech mana, i have almost no mana to play this build

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    On 24/07/2019 at 7:52 PM, TheMightyThor252 said

    Hi, noob here! Would this build be possible with swords, or are axes mandatory with bleed builds or something? I’m thinking of retooling my Cyclone Slayer to a Gladiator and I’ve already got a couple of good Scaeva.

    Axes are definitely the superior choice, but you can of course retrofit the build to use swords, and respec once you have equivalent Axes if you wish.

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    On 26/07/2019 at 12:51 AM, FANTOZZI said

    i tried this but i cant understand how you regenerate/leech mana, i have almost no mana to play this build

    As quoted in the Gear section:

    You will need at least one item with % of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Mana in order to sustain Lacerate Lacerate without investing points on your Passive Skill Tree.

    Additionally, Warlord's Mark Warlord's Mark helps, and you’ll find in the Gear section we also recommend investing towards Mana Leech on certain items. If you have none of these items, invest a point in the small node leading into Vitality Void.

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    Really nice build, having a lot of fun playing it!

    Just wondering, why not Vaal Pact? Our regen is negligeable, and we have very strong attack-speed and leech.
    Might help out in those situations where youre static and dishing out big damage, and the node itself is pretty close.

    Edited by Chobo on August 2nd, 2019

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    On 02/08/2019 at 2:56 AM, Chobo said

    Really nice build, having a lot of fun playing it!

    Just wondering, why not Vaal Pact? Our regen is negligeable, and we have very strong attack-speed and leech.
    Might help out in those situations where youre static and dishing out big damage, and the node itself is pretty close.

    Vaal Pact is perfectly fine. In my case, I didn’t see a huge need for it, and with 4.4% Regeneration you are giving up a little bit of point efficiency. It’s definitely one of those investments you could opt for if you like the feel of it, and you could make an argument for Vitality Void as well depending on your playstyle and preferences.

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    Great guide as always! Do the changes to bleeding DoT multipliers mean that this build would work better without Resolute Technique/as crit-based?

    Thanks in advance!

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    hi, what blight craft should we use on amulet?

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    On 10/09/2019 at 11:02 AM, Swingley said

    Great guide as always! Do the changes to bleeding DoT multipliers mean that this build would work better without Resolute Technique/as crit-based?

    Thanks in advance!

    You’ll definitely have higher potential late-game damage, obviously coming at the cost of significantly increased investment. I’ll look at adding in some additional recommendations for players who want to push that envelope a bit further.

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    On 15/09/2019 at 8:16 AM, Reaveden said

    hi, what blight craft should we use on amulet?

    I’ll be adding annointment advice to my builds this week, but there are numerous options to fill out what you need.

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    Sweet guide! Having loads of fun! I was curious about the passive tree, should we save the constitution wheel for last? Or should we spec into it earlier if we are feeling squishy.

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    On 15/09/2019 at 7:15 PM, bighoss33 said

    Sweet guide! Having loads of fun! I was curious about the passive tree, should we save the constitution wheel for last? Or should we spec into it earlier if we are feeling squishy.

    Definitely the latter — I’m a hardcore player so I tend to prioritize living first — since you want to maximize opportunity to generate experience and damage, particularly in threatening situations like blights [and blighted maps].

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    Hi,i have played this build in few days and it feel so good,thank you.

    How do you think amulet Impresence?it gives armour,hp,and a lot of damage, its a perfect amulet for this build imo.

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    On 16/09/2019 at 3:51 AM, jasong0113 said

    Hi,i have played this build in few days and it feel so good,thank you.

    How do you think amulet Impresence?it gives armour,hp,and a lot of damage, its a perfect amulet for this build imo.

    It’s definitely a viable choice!

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    https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/grudaa_/characters

    hi, this is my character soo far in Blight league can u tell me if it is good and what should i change :)

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    On 17/09/2019 at 6:40 PM, Reaveden said

    https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/grudaa_/characters

    hi, this is my character soo far in Blight league can u tell me if it is good and what should i change :)

    Looking good so far. Some more/better Jewels and 20/20 Gems will go a long way plus some Steel Ring Steel Rings.

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    On 17/09/2019 at 11:37 PM, Furty said

    On 17/09/2019 at 6:40 PM, Reaveden said

    https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/grudaa_/characters

    hi, this is my character soo far in Blight league can u tell me if it is good and what should i change :)

    Looking good so far. Some more/better Jewels and 20/20 Gems will go a long way plus some Steel Ring Steel Rings.

    thanks man! i will do that next! :D

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    https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/grudaa_/characters

    hi, update of my build! :D but i need like 50dext to run blood rage :/

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